Career Counselor with Arts Focus (Visual, Performing, Liberal Arts)

Alfred University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Career Services, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Alfred University invites candidates to apply for the position of Career Counselor. This position will assist students and recent alumni from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds throughout all phases of the career development process from the discovery and exploration of majors and career options to assistance with the applied learning, full-time job, and/or graduate school search and application process. The successful candidate will meet with students 1:1, in group settings, and also through facilitation of classroom presentations and workshops. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for creating and implementing career development programming for all students, with a specific focus on our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Art & Design, and Performing Arts Division.

  • Counsel undecided students through the career exploration process, including choosing a major/career path.
  • Be aware of industry trends, and career readiness needs for students in these programs.
  • Guide students through self-assessments, and administer and interpret the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Assist students with strategies for effective job & graduate school searches.
  • Assist students with professional documents including resume and cover letters, as well as professional identity including LinkedIn and Handshake profiles, websites, and portfolios.
  • Work with students on interviewing skills, networking opportunities, and salary negotiation skills.
  • Prepare career counseling surveys, and annual reports for stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director/Coordinator of Employer Relations to connect students with targeted employers and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff across campus on career related programming.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Academic Success to identify and implement resources for students with disabilities.
  • Present to prospective students, and their support network, on CDC services.
  • Develop and present skill development workshops to include resume preparation, job/internship search strategies, salary negotiation, networking strategies, etc.
  • Assist with and support all Career Development Center events.
  • Supervise and train Peer Advisors, Graduate Assistants, Undergraduate Interns, etc.
  • In collaboration with the Director and Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Event Planning, the Career Counselor will assist with the first destinations outcomes data, collection, and reporting.
  • Grow and maintain career development resources and promotional materials.
  • Provide effective support to students in finding, and applying to applied learning, and full-time job opportunities.
  • Facilitate and promote career events.
  • Education: Master's degree in counseling, higher education administration, or related field preferred; bachelor's degree with significant experience required.
  • Experience: Preferred experience in career services, and college advising in a student-facing role, with experience working directly with liberal arts, and art & design and performing arts students.
  • Ability to effectively counsel/advise college students in the areas of career planning and academic development.
  • Have an understanding of career development theory.
  • Demonstrated ability to use assessment instruments.
  • An awareness of career development trends, workforce development and employer needs.
  • Must be able to assist students in the fine art and creative fields with resume, portfolio, and website reviews.
  • Must be deadline-oriented, good at multi-tasking, and committed to quick, accurate turnaround of assignments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presenting, as facilitation of workshops for students, faculty, staff, and parents will be required.
  • A customer service-oriented style, effective in building relationships through in-person, phone and online networking required.
  • High level of cultural sensitivity and strong interest in working with a diverse population.
  • Willingness to develop as a professional in an office that must be responsive to changing job markets and career/student development trends.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, exhibiting strong time management skills, strategic thinking, sound judgment, and a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated experience in event and program planning and management
  • Attention to detail, data management using Handshake, and ability to collect and analyze learning outcomes and career counseling surveys to write annual reports.
  • High level of computer expertise, including database administration, proficiency in MS Office programs, and also social media platforms.
Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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